Perdido Key, FL – On its flagship project, Big Tuna Apps LLC announced that their Float Plan app is now available for the iPhone. Inshore, offshore, or near shore, the Float Plan app is an easy add-on to your safety gear. The Float Plan app takes a traditional, extremely useful concept, into quick and easy steps. By providing the pedigree info of your boating adventure to your loved ones, the Float Plan app will give them more peace of mind and also help rescuers obtain your party’s location if an unsightly event occurs.
– File a float plan with your loved ones in less than 60 seconds
– Save up to 5 boats in your fleet
– Save up to 5 trips per boat
– Single tap on integrated map sets your launch / destination GPS coordinates
– Email Boat, Captain, Passenger, and Trip Info to your trusted contacts
– Integrates with phone’s contacts / address book
– Practice Safe / Responsible boating
Power boat, sailboat, large vessel, or paddle boat, the Float Plan app makes a perfect addition to everyone’s safety gear.
Pricing & Availability:
For a limited time only, the Float Plan app will be offered at an introductory price of $0.99 USD and available worldwide exclusively through Apple’s App Store in the Sports & Navigation categories.
Links: www.thefloatplanapp.com / www.bigtunaapps.com
Social: www.facebook.com/bigtunaapps / @bigtunaapps on Twitter
Corporate Summary: With a background in technology and a passion for boating, Perdido Key, FL based Big Tuna Apps LLC was created to help those worlds collide. The Float Plan app is the flagship app for Big Tuna Apps with more maritime infused apps on the way. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod, and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and / or other countries.
Officials of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) are reminding boaters of the state’s boating safety education requirements. The General Assembly enacted the law in 2007 and it’s being phased in over several years.
- All PWC operators, regardless of age, and motorboat operators age 30 or younger must meet the requirements by July 1, 2012.
- Motorboat operators age 40 or younger shall meet the requirements by July 1, 2013.
- By July 1, 2014, motorboat operators age 45 or younger must meet the requirements by July 1, 2014, while motorboat operators age 50 or younger shall meet the requirements by July 1, 2015.
- By July 1, 2016, all motorboat operators, regardless of age, must meet the requirements.
To take a Virginia approved boating safety course and get your official Virginia Boating Safety Certificate, go to http://boatingbasicsonline.com/content/va/index.php.
Anyone shall considered to be in compliance with the requirements if they meet one or more of the following provisions:
- Completes and passes a boating safety education course that is approved by NASBLA and accepted by the department.
- Passes an equivalency exam.
- Possesses a valid license to operate a vessel to maritime personnel by the United States Coast Guard or a marine certificate issued by the Canadian government or possesses a Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator’s card.
- Possesses a temporary operator’s certificate.
- Possesses a rental or lease agreement from a motorboat rental or leasing business which lists the person as the authorized operator of the motorboat and he/she also has completed the dockside safety check list.
- Operates the motor boat under on-board direct supervision of a person who meets the compliance requirement. Is a non-resident, is temporarily using the waters of Virginia for a period not to exceed 90 days and meets any applicable boating safety education requirements of the state of residency or possesses a Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator’s card.
- Has assumed operation of the motorboat due to the illness or physical impairment of the initial operator and is returning the motorboat to shore in order to provide assistance or care for the operator.
- Is registered as a commercial fisherman pursuant to the Virginia laws or is under the on-board direct supervision of the commercial fisherman while operating the commercial fisherman’s boat.
Additional information on the boating education requirements can be found on line at http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/boating/.